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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

It's VIP Time from My Favorite Things

Well, I can't believe, we are halfway through January! That can only mean one thing. We are halfway to my birthday! Ok, I guess it can mean two things. It also means that it's VIP Time from My Favorite Things. I hope ya'll are hopping along with us to see what the newest Who's That Girl stamp set is all about. The hop started over on KIM'S blog HERE and you should have made it here from sweet Kerry's blog. The new Who's That Girl stamp set is called "My How You've Grown". CUTE, huh!?! It's part of the awesome VIP kit available NOW in limited quantities until tomorrow night at midnight or while quantities last. Here's what all's included:


For me, stamping with this set really got me thinking about babies. My sister, Nancy's baby, to be exact. She and her fiance are expecting a baby this spring. They just found out it's a BOY (yay!), but that he is going to come into this world with some issues. They found out last week that he has an omphalocele, basically meaning that some of the organs in his little abdomen are growing outside of his body. Sometimes, these babies also have heart problems, breathing problems and chromosome issues. The good news is that she went to a heart specialist last week and they saw no problems there. She had an amniocentesis yesterday to test for the chromosome issues which could cause Down Syndrome or other things, some even lethal. Those test results will take a while to come back. The omphalocele is highly treatable, over time (months or years, depending on the method), thank goodness!

Regardless, she and her family have a rough road ahead and I am going to be happy to be a help to them with anything they need.

So I made this card for her as I'm sure it's a scary spot to be in. Have any of ya'll dealt with this? Please email me if so. If ya'll happen to think of her, please send any positive thoughts, prayers and happy wishes our way.

Here's a look at what the inside says, using the little excusive mini set only available with the VIP Kit and will not be offered again. I just LOVE that saying! Babies ARE such sweet beginnings, no matter what!

Ok, you're next stop on this fabulous hop is SHERRIE and she's sharing shomething shpecial!!

SUSIE Q-TIP: When cutting out the WTG images in their little rectangle, I often like to take a black felt tip pen and line the outside of the cardstock. I just set it on my grid paper on my desk and trace around it so that it's nice and even and there is less of a chance of making a mistake and accidently swiping it on the image itself. Make sense? It just looks nice to have the black edge instead of the white cardstock showing, in my opinion.

ETA: I'm so excited to share the newest Die-namics die also! It comes with the extra value meal, I mean the VIP KIT and ya'll are going to LUH-HUVVVV it!! It will be available again singly with the regular release the first week of February.


Stamps: My How You've Grown, Sweet Beginnings (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Hot Fudge, Sour Apple, Banana Split, White Perfect Panels (My Favorite Things), Brook Collection (Crate Paper)
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Simply Scallops, Hearts a Plenty, and Polkadot Greetings Die-namics (MFT), Argyle Embossing Folder, Sewing Machine/Thread, Paper Piercer/Mat Pack, Copic Markders, Pewter Brads, Yellow Swarovski Crystals, Buttons and Felt (MFT), Linen Twine (TCP), Ribbon (Pizzazz Aplenty)
Finished Size: A2

31 comments:

  1. This is so precious. I absolutely love how it's all tied up with that darling bow and the little details behind the image. Perfect!

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  2. fabulous card. love the layering of the felt heart, button and ribbon. hugs and prayers to your friend and her family!

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  3. okay, I feel dumb. Prayers to your sister and your family!

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  4. Gorgeous, Susan. Prayers on the way.

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  5. I love your layered button-y bow heart on there!! And that floral paper is gorgeous!!!

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  6. Susan, this is just amazing!!! I am in love with the papers you used and the paper piecing you did!

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  7. just darling- so so many wonderful layers and the sentiment is so sweet. thanks for more amazing inspo!!

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  8. forgot to add that we send all our best wishes & we'll absolutely be keeping everyone in our thoughts & prayers!

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  9. My prayers are with your family, Susan. Amazing card. LOVE the colors, so perfect for a baby boy!

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  10. It sounds like your sister has all of your love and support and in trying times this is always the best gift you can give someone! My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family!

    This is a beautiful card and I absolutely love your color combo!

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  11. Susan, this is fabulous! Love her shirt paper pieced, wicked job!

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  12. Wow! What a stunner!!!! Absolutely GORGEOUS card!!!! I always love reading your Susie Q-tips!

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  13. I just went back and actually READ what you wrote. That is heartbreaking, yet joyful about your sister and her sweet baby! Bundles of prayers and thoughts going her way!!!! Hugs!!! Hope your hubby is doing well!!!

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  14. Your cards always make my jaw drop LOL. This is simply gorgeousness. I love the heart, button and twine combo. The colors are also outta this world!

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  15. PS. I hope all goes well with the baby, it must be so difficult. I will say a prayer for the baby and your family.

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  16. Prayers to your friend and "issues" or not, babies are God's Gift... she is lucky to have a friend like you by her side to help with the difficult times, and she will make it and so will that precious baby boy waiting to make his entry. The card... PERFECT to remind her of the JOY ahead!!!! :)

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  17. This card is beautiful, Susan! Perfect for that new little blessing!

    Big hugs and prayers coming your way!

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  18. What a sweet card, I just love that sentiment on the front!!! So perfect for a new mom :)
    Your little Susie-Q tip is great too, nice touch!
    Prayers to your sister, her fiance and their new baby! They are lucky to have a good support system to help them through a rough time.

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  19. Gorgeous, Sus. I know your sister will love it, and so many thoughts and prayers will be sent to her and sweet baby, thanks to your post. I'm not familiar with this exact problem (I've heard of it, though, and don't think it's all that uncommon), but I have spent many, many moons in a NICU, which even under the best of circumstances is probably in store for your sis. Let me know if I can be of any help whatsoever. If you've never been there before, it's nice to talk to someone who's been there, done that, and lived to happily see the other side. And you can show her photos of my cute boys and tell her all's well that ends well. :)

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  20. Gorgeous card Susie! Love those papers and your heart ribbon treatment is fabulous!

    Sonding lots of thoughts and prayers for your sister.

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  21. This is GORGEOUS Susan! LOVE the bow/heart combo and the colors you've used. Will be praying for your family!

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  22. So pretty. Love the color combo. The felt heart is a sweet touch.

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  23. Such an adorable card! I'm sorry to hear that your sister's baby will have some problems. I'm hoping they're as minor & as treatable as possible!

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  24. Gorgeous card. Love the soft colors and how you pretty up the inside also.

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  25. My heart goes out to your sister. 2 years ago my niece had the same problems when she was pregnant. They had to take the baby 2 i/2 months early to save my nieces' life. the baby weighed over 3 lbs., but only lived 6 days. That was longer than the doctors said it would live.
    Don't mean to make things tougher, just know what your sister is dealing with.
    You will be in my prayers.

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  26. Susan,
    I love this card. It is perfect. My sister and I are both expecting boys a week apart!!!! They should arrive in early May. My thoughts are with your sister and the family. I know she must be feeling very aprehensive right now and I don't blame her for a minute. I am having blood pressure issues myself, but overall things are going really well for this pregnancey considering my "advanced maternal age". Makes me sound like a grandma at the ripe old age of 35. LOL! We all wish for a healthy happy baby and I am very thankful that your little nephew has a "highly treatable" condition and my thought and prayers will be with them all for an easy delivery and a wonderful life going forward.

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  27. Sweet, sweet card. It's beautiful. So sorry about your sis's baby's issues. I pray that all will be well for the little guy. Never doubt the power of prayer.

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  28. Susan, what l lovely card for your sis. I have had experience with omphaloceles. Feel free to email me if you would like.

    Sending hugs and prayers to your family!
    Candi
    Bernshwag@yahoo.com

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  29. Just beautiful!! Love the heart accent!!

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  30. This is gorgeous, hope things are going ok!

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